Stockwell: shoot to kill is a personal reflection upon the tragic murder of Brazilian electrician Jean Charles De Menezes; shot in the head several times by police on the 22nd July 2005 on an underground train at Stockwell, London. He was mistaken for Hussain Osman, one of the suspected failed suicide bombers from the previous day. The shooting was at once a human and political tragedy, one that seems to define its era; where a climate of fear was met with an ever increasing draconian style of governing, including detention without trial in Belmarsh Prison, and the prohibition of spontaneous protests near Parliament. As such, the composer has chosen a subject that reflects something about his present day society via a deeply personal and emotional tragedy for the victimâs family.
The music is made entirely by processing field recordings made at and in the direct vicinity of Stockwell underground train station.